What Life Was Like As A Victorian Baker | Victorian Bakers | Absolute History

Four modern bakers bake their way through the era that gave us modern baking as we know it - the reign of Queen Victoria. Experts Alex Langlands and Annie Gray join them to tell the incredible story of our daily bread.

The journey begins in 1837, when bread was the mainstay of most diets and bakers were at the heart of every community. A rural bake house has been kitted out exactly as it would have been in the 1830s. The bakers must get to grips with centuries-old methods of breadmaking and that means doing absolutely everything by hand.

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  • Slow Living as it’s finest!!!

    Simply EmsSimply Ems9 цагийн өмнө
  • god they ate so much bread back then they must have been so constipated omg

    Alessandra JagoAlessandra Jago17 цагийн өмнө
  • 19:05 CARB UP! 🍞

    saramationssaramations3 өдрийн өмнө
  • I did not realize I was going to be called out but damn 8:31

    ArloArlo5 өдрийн өмнө
  • I just imagine them going to these places dressed like that like “Oi, you want some bread?”

    BreannaBreanna6 өдрийн өмнө
  • I love watching them all individually looking at the kitchen tools for the first time. I could imagine seeing a group of Victorian bakers doing the same thing if they were plopped in a present day kitchen!

    T TT T7 өдрийн өмнө
  • My gran was so poor as a child, all they could afford was chicken feed.

    Mama OdieMama Odie7 өдрийн өмнө
  • well i guess you could say i'm a bundle of sticks

    Kaylin & AlaskaKaylin & Alaska7 өдрийн өмнө
  • I'm starting to hate MNthe forcing ads onto me.

    FERAL CherylFERAL Cheryl8 өдрийн өмнө
  • My husband was out of work for 2 years. The really dense bread was something I made a lot of.

    Kori EmersonKori Emerson8 өдрийн өмнө
  • Haha that big sisor is for cuting cloth to make clothes 🙂 not bread

    SmidefixSmidefix9 өдрийн өмнө
  • 31:29 I have just done something really awful

    Prizmar ValschiPrizmar Valschi10 өдрийн өмнө
  • 2:50 nice

    Korosu uKorosu u10 өдрийн өмнө
  • My grandmother, in Ireland, 80 years ago, was eating bread crust and raw onions, sometimes with vinegar. Or bread in tea (with no sugar obviously)..... In Ireland this was very very very common not that long ago.

    AshAsh10 өдрийн өмнө
  • Why invite a non-European "Brit" for a Victorian era reenactment? If you're going to reenact history you have to stick with the norms and culture of that era, not mix things up in the name of diversity. You don't see a European face in the reenactment of the Hindu Mahabharat. I am brown btw. I just don't understand throwing in brown and black people for diversity when you're representing old Britain

    ______________________11 өдрийн өмнө
  • 33:33 companies when June is over

    Thatdumb B!tchThatdumb B!tch12 өдрийн өмнө
  • Sweat dripping in the bread dough. ewe

    Anne SummersAnne Summers13 өдрийн өмнө
  • Women wasnt allowed to bake bread

    Kaleah CollinsKaleah Collins13 өдрийн өмнө
  • anyone know what books they looked at?

    Michelle CollieMichelle Collie13 өдрийн өмнө
  • I love baking bread and I cannot imagine doing that. But I always think maybe I was a bakery in a past life. Because I just love doing it I love the texture I love the work I love the smell and of course I love the taste of a fresh loaf of bread out of the oven with a smear of good quality Irish butter oh my gosh yes!

    Mike IvyMike Ivy14 өдрийн өмнө
  • 8:30 caught me off guard…

    Carlos PerezCarlos Perez14 өдрийн өмнө
    • Same

      Marcas HobartMarcas Hobart13 өдрийн өмнө
  • I make homemade bread by hand quite frequently but I’ve never made such a large batch like these people are

    Northern Most SnappsNorthern Most Snapps14 өдрийн өмнө
  • So Hugh Jackman is a baker now ? All jokes aside this was really interesting to watch. I'm French and we just don't have that popular interest for our own history here, never seen a program like this in France, they're mostly about wars or royalty.

    justine huleuxjustine huleux14 өдрийн өмнө
  • Is that James “Logan” Howlett @ 0:25?

    Engel EInzelgängerEngel EInzelgänger16 өдрийн өмнө
  • Oh dear, I think it might’ve been easier to make the egg whites fluffy by working on smaller lots at a time. Good result at the end though.

    MissMeganBeckettMissMeganBeckett16 өдрийн өмнө
  • dried bundles of stick called what????

    Dinok1Dinok116 өдрийн өмнө
  • The lady baker is sooo pretty!!! ❤️❤️❤️

    Jinnie AmbroseJinnie Ambrose18 өдрийн өмнө
  • I have also heard before that older wheats like eincorn wheat is actually edible by people with gluten intollerance. Makes me wonder how many allergies are self inflicted (I know that pollen is self inflicted)

    Stagnant FoxStagnant Fox18 өдрийн өмнө
  • grind some bones to make your bread.

    debra cdebra c18 өдрийн өмнө
  • "A bit stodgy; be nice with some jam" Fella you look like someone who eats nothing but McDonald's.

    Շคภ๏๏кเςคՇ๏๏ภՇคภ๏๏кเςคՇ๏๏ภ19 өдрийн өмнө
  • One thing that I've been thinking about poverty is that poverty in the past might be easier to survive than poverty today. It's just my opinion, but imagine you don't have money. In the past, you can at least go into the woods and find something to eat, or just go beg for jobs. Imagine it's today, you can't just find fruits or veggies in the city and eat them. Even in the countryside, the lands are all owned. And if you're homeless, have no decent clothes or a place to shower, then you can't have any job.

    Sarin TSarin T19 өдрийн өмнө
  • i’m sorry WHAT did they call the sticks again 🤨

    Amanda BranaganAmanda Branagan21 өдрийн өмнө
  • So, eating bread entire day with perhaps cheese, butter and pieces of meat was normal. Okay. I am doing that still. Saves a lot of cooking time. Besides, what can be better than fresh bread, cheese and glass of wine for a dinner? Seriously.

    FalconRSFalconRS22 өдрийн өмнө
  • Boink boink boink goes the dough

    C YC Y23 өдрийн өмнө
  • I wanted to know how the caraway cakes turned out. And what were those cookie-like things they were eating? Looked like hard tack, but I'm sure it wasn't. Was this part of a series, like "The 1940s House"? The introduction had clips of scenes that obviously weren't in this program. If it is, it would be nice to see them in order.

    LeavingIt BlankLeavingIt Blank24 өдрийн өмнө
  • Mentally I wanna be there

    HyperNovaXSHyperNovaXS25 өдрийн өмнө
  • 빅토리안시대 주방에서 전통적인 방식으로 빵을 만드는 것도 보니 어릴적 추억이 생각나서 즐거웠어요 오랜만에 유럽여행 하면서 영국에서 잠시 머물며 명소들을 보고 맛잏는 믐식도 먹으며 즐겁게 지낸 추억이 생각나서 즐거웠어요

    YOSUP YANGYOSUP YANG26 өдрийн өмнө
  • How come nobody commented on the huge size of the loaves of bread in the photograph of the Victorian Bakery with the lady standing in front of the shop wearing a white apron? Those loaves are absolutely mammoth.

    CCCC26 өдрийн өмнө
  • Wow this is interesting stuff

    Muona MalsMuona Mals27 өдрийн өмнө
  • How did Hugh Jackman get hooked up with this show.

    litso schastlivyylitso schastlivyy27 өдрийн өмнө
  • Dr. Annie Gray is everywhere. Love her works with Mrs. Crocombe!

    Panji AdityaPanji Aditya29 өдрийн өмнө
  • Ohh I have so enjoyed this immensely ❤️❤️❤️

    Ann ShearerAnn Shearer29 өдрийн өмнө
  • This a definitely humbling experience for me to watch. Being a baker myself, this would be an experience I would talk about for a lifetime.

    Rashaun JonesRashaun JonesСарын өмнө
  • i wonder. i have a gluten intolerance and i kind of want to see like how i would feel after i eat bread made from that wheat

    Danni B.Danni B.Сарын өмнө
    • I imagine you'd be fine 🤷🏽‍♀️

      Anna Costello WisniewskiAnna Costello WisniewskiӨдрийн өмнө
  • Such a nice quality content! I felt submerged. I really haven't seen documentaries in a while, this is really, really nice. I could feel a little bit of anguish rising on myself on the famine part. Really submerging.

    Lía MLía MСарын өмнө
  • You guys weren't kidding with this. You not only made them bake like the old times, you made them dress the part while doing it. I love learning about how we prepared food.

    Super Cosmic Mutant Honey Candle SquidSuper Cosmic Mutant Honey Candle SquidСарын өмнө
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    Dert dertliDert dertliСарын өмнө
  • So baking was the occupational tie that binds....how cool

    TaraTaraСарын өмнө
  • Now whole grain is becoming demand of the rich.

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  • It looks like the bread I usually eat for breakfast 🤩🤩

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  • I wish I could have a tryyyyy

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  • Duncan looks so adorable in victorian clothes and looks. I wish I had a boyfriend like that...

    Guillermo NarvayGuillermo NarvayСарын өмнө
  • And now imagine that they didn't had proper way of cleaning hands back then ;p

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  • This is awesome. My mom used to bake our bread when I was little and my dad was a baker so I used to go with him to the Italian bakery at night when he did all the baking. Me I try to bake the bread as often as possible cause then I know what we’re eating but I’m spoiled because I load it all into my 3 lb bread machine and close the lid set it to what I want and it’s done in 3-4 hrs and it keeps it warm till u take it out so for dinner every if I make it in the morning it’s soft and warm it’s sooo good. I’ll be making some in the morning.

    Moon Shadow Essentials Soap’s n MoreMoon Shadow Essentials Soap’s n MoreСарын өмнө
  • Ah, the practices that greedy Victorian era bakers utilized sound an awful lot like the tactics utilized by Chinese food manufacturers today. The fricking “sewer oil” utilized in processed food, or sold as cooking oil once clarified, and dead pork utilized in frozen dim sun products make me gag.

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  • I love this series. Thank you for sharing it with us

    Caroline RCaroline RСарын өмнө
  • In South Africa many people eat chicken feet, they call them walkie talkies.

    Denis de CharmoyDenis de CharmoyСарын өмнө
  • Me giving my girl head😂😂😂 25:10

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    laferion lerlaferion lerСарын өмнө
  • Cornbread and biscuits are the breads my forefathers here in Ga. ate and passed down. They were made at home every day. Were these ever made in England?

    Cindy BrannenCindy BrannenСарын өмнө
  • What did the chicken food consist of that they ended up eating?

    Melinda StorgardMelinda StorgardСарын өмнө
  • Really loves the documentary, i like to see how our ancestor did things without machinery equipment, took a lot of skills and patience, keep posting documentaries like this, would love to see more, Love from malaysia

    Dunia SyakirahDunia SyakirahСарын өмнө
  • I love this lady who bake this breads

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  • That was wonderful. I learned a lot of things.

    Brenda OwensBrenda OwensСарын өмнө
  • I was wanting for miss Crocombe

    Julianne AbadJulianne AbadСарын өмнө
  • The height of the dough troughs and work tables certainly gives us an idea of how much taller people are today than 150 years ago.

    Darlene BradleyDarlene BradleyСарын өмнө
  • Love these programs! I find it interesting that the bakery was next to the mill...quite often one sees a distillery next to, or quite near, a mill. The bakery makes a lot more sense, but maybe not as profitable as spirits....at least that seems to have been the case here in the United States.

    Darlene BradleyDarlene BradleyСарын өмнө
    • Both mills and breweries and/or distilleries were essential for processing grains after the harvest. Remember, often times the water supplies in towns were unsafe for consumption, leading to deadly illnesses, so alcoholic beverages, like beer, wine and ciders, were absolutely necessary. Mills for grinding the grains were typically run by water (streams or rivers), so they would have a water wheel and were built beside a flowing river, or relied on the wind and were powered by a windmill. Others lacking Both of those natural resources were reliant on "horse power" and the heavy mill stones would have been moved by harnessed beasts of burden, be it horses, mules, donkeys, etcetera, walking in endless circles. The most common reason why mills burnt down was because the mill stones had been set too closely together and the stones touched and sparked, igniting a fire. Both the baking industry and the brewing/distilling/wine-making industries require quality water, so being located near a fresh water source was also extremely important. The malt extract derived from the brewing and distilling process, is in turn used in baking too, and both require yeast and fermentation, so they actually do have quite a lot in common.

      Susan SparkeSusan Sparke6 өдрийн өмнө
  • Haha, I read the thumbnail and thought is was about "Victorian Banking". But this is good too :-)

    Dude orDuuudeDude orDuuudeСарын өмнө
  • NO RUTH GOODMAN?! I can’t be the only one slightly bummed!

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  • Good taste comes from hard work.

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  • Victorian times was a curse on us Indians, she is burning in hell for sure now.

    Qalander HussainQalander HussainСарын өмнө
  • 11:45 Gwyneth paltrow has entered the chat.... 🤢

    Angry Turds2021Angry Turds2021Сарын өмнө
  • I am not sure about other past cultures, but chicken feet is such a great dish (now like a drinking snack) when cooked with spicy sauce in Korean cuisine

    carolyn woocarolyn wooСарын өмнө
  • Come to Bulgaria. We have good bread and pastry :)

    Piano Dreams - Mariya SimeonovaPiano Dreams - Mariya SimeonovaСарын өмнө
    • And omg blueberry pie from scratch. We kids would go picking wild blueberries in the woods with our grandfather. Collected berries in coffee cans. Pennsylvania mountains. They don't have blueberries bushes anymore. The land's all been developed 😢

      Anna Costello WisniewskiAnna Costello WisniewskiӨдрийн өмнө
    • When we can travel again 😉. I only eat pickles from Lithuania in an Eastern European specialty shop in south Florida. They're the only pickles that taste like the ones my Polish grandmother used to make 💛

      Anna Costello WisniewskiAnna Costello WisniewskiӨдрийн өмнө
  • She said breakfast, dinner, supper. So when's lunch? And isn't supper and dinner the same? I'm not british so I'm confused.

    Krysta Ly RiveraKrysta Ly RiveraСарын өмнө
  • They know how to use them but the techniques on how it was done would be forever lost .

    420Skater T4E420Skater T4EСарын өмнө
  • 7 stone = ~98 "English" (i.e., not-metric) "pounds" of weight. Standard bags of grain for beer brewing in the USA= 55lbs.

    jdhiv4-Johnjdhiv4-JohnСарын өмнө
  • We have it so easy

    el compa chuyitoel compa chuyitoСарын өмнө
  • Does anybody know the origin and/or functionality of the cottage loaf shape? I'm curious.

    Wendy MuirWendy MuirСарын өмнө
  • Hey! The female narrator is Mary Anne from Mrs. Crocombe kitchens!!!

    Fern Leaves StudioFern Leaves StudioСарын өмнө
  • Why would you brush out the oven before you are even ready for the loaves to go in?

    angela piccolellaangela piccolellaСарын өмнө
  • Eating animals is not thrifty

    Ethel PepperEthel PepperСарын өмнө
  • I m amazed by the fact that these ppl depend so much on modern kitchen appliances, there are a lot of ppl stil on this planet who bake everything in the wood oven with succes but they suck so bad.... And that woman have no FUkin idea how to wisk some eggwhites, for fuks sake i did it 2 forks at one point.

    Mihaela ZlateMihaela ZlateСарын өмнө
  • Question: was a thin layer of dough ever used as the surface in the oven? On a sheet perhaps? And would this have been called cake? Because it is caked on?

    Joe ChangJoe ChangСарын өмнө
  • it is surely an interesting endeavour. i am a great admirer of kitchens of antiquity.

    ruby garciaruby garciaСарын өмнө
  • I wouldn't want to eat that bread after hearing that big man talking about adding his own salt and water to the dough 🤮

    Callem Taurerewa-McNeillCallem Taurerewa-McNeillСарын өмнө
    • That sort of prissiness would have you starving back then. U think chefs today don't sweat?

      Anna Costello WisniewskiAnna Costello WisniewskiӨдрийн өмнө
  • Did the victorians make a sour dough starter and keep feeding it?

    Skeptical MomSkeptical MomСарын өмнө
  • I thought they kept a sourdough starter. That seems more efficient and less expensive than buying beer every day. They would have just kept back part of that sponge.

    Susan ChamblessSusan ChamblessСарын өмнө
  • As a child, I was used to "store bought" bread - tasteless, white, full of air, and I remember totally not understanding the phrase, "Man shall not live by bread alone", as I reacted, "Of course, bread is terrible, what's your point ?" Only as a young adult, able to travel to Paris, and later, making my own bread, the light finally came on. Great episode.

    Happy HomeHappy HomeСарын өмнө
    • I grew up in 70s and all we had was pre-sliced white bread in plastic. What a revelation to discover artisanal bakeries

      Anna Costello WisniewskiAnna Costello WisniewskiӨдрийн өмнө
  • HEY! Asians eat chicken feet because they taste good and they are a great source of collagen. They just don't know how to cook very well with unfamiliar ingredients. It's sad to see it makes them sad that people back in the day HAD TO eat chicken feet. Geez... Cooked well, it's great food.

    July BJuly BСарын өмнө
  • No wonder people are having issues with gluten..........its now higher in concentration in grains and the products made from them. Seems to have backfired me thinks. Yes, wheat,barley and fertilizer bags in farming were up until the mid 20th century .....an incredible 70kg. All harvested grain was bagged........stored,transported and delivered in bags. Super heavy work.

    warwick robertsonwarwick robertsonСарын өмнө
  • ANY video with Dr. Annie Gray at the helm is bound to be great, but, this one is BEYOND that.. it's absolutely fantastic!!

    NunofurdambiznezNunofurdambiznezСарын өмнө
  • Educational! Amazing to learn how hard and much work the Victorian Bakers working class did to exist to feed the family! The physical work! Wow!! Unvilibable!!😲

    Edith HarmerEdith HarmerСарын өмнө
  • Wrong Wrong Wrong ! This documentary fails in every aspect of how it really was back then. Why? They left out the most vital aspect of all the labor and work force. How? Child Labor was so rampart around the world at that time and especially so in all of Europe, the United States and Russia making use of Indentured servants many at the ages between six and twenty. These children were slaves not only for bakeries but also to textile factories, paper mills, saw mills, flour mills, cloth and linen factories, clothing factories and you name it. Truth be known two World Wars were the result of these children coming into adulthood and overthrowing what had been before them out of animal-like rage for the oppressed. And so these bakeries were kitted out for younger children as many as three of four of them to stand in those mixers barefoot all day to knead all that dough.

    Robin DeatherageRobin DeatherageСарын өмнө
  • How do you make chicken feet edible? Me: Hold my chopsticks, Ma'am.

    kulbrokulbroСарын өмнө
    • My Italian aunt used chicken feet in spaghetti sauce. Delish

      Anna Costello WisniewskiAnna Costello WisniewskiӨдрийн өмнө
    • In Mexico it's a staple to eat chicken feet.

      Angel BalanzarAngel BalanzarСарын өмнө
  • I'm craving bread now.

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  • This is like “1800 House” on KPBS. I love immersive history

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